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Lookout Mountain, Tennessee (Images of America Series)
     

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee (Images of America Series)

by William F. Hull
 

Few places in the southland compare to the resplendent beauty of Lookout Mountain. A scene of wonder to early explorers because of its intriguing rock formations, Lookout Mountain was the site of the pivotal Battle above the Clouds in November 1863, when Federal forces climbed the steep slope to claim a Union victory. In the passing years, Lookout Mountain grew

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Few places in the southland compare to the resplendent beauty of Lookout Mountain. A scene of wonder to early explorers because of its intriguing rock formations, Lookout Mountain was the site of the pivotal Battle above the Clouds in November 1863, when Federal forces climbed the steep slope to claim a Union victory. In the passing years, Lookout Mountain grew into a home for a well-heeled community, and with the opening of the Dixie Highway in its shadow, the development of major tourist attractions was not far behind. Rock City and Ruby Falls became familiar to thousands of travelers, further solidifying the mountain’s name on the American road map. The cool air in summer and the splendid views of the valley below, offered by Point Park and the famed Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, have left lasting impressions on generations of sightseers.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Title: A New Look at Lookout Mountain

Author: Janis Hashe

Publisher: Chattanooga Pulse

Date: 12/2/09

The perfect gift for the local history buff on your list might have just arrived: William F. Hull’s new book Lookout Mountain.

Native Chattanoogan Hull is the author of two other popular books on his hometown, Historic Photos of Chattanooga and Then and Now: Chattanooga. This newest publication is part of the “Images of America” series, celebrating the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country.

“What makes a landmark?” asks Hull in his introduction. “Why would Martin Luther King in his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech ask that ‘freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee?’”

While there might be several answers to both questions, Hull’s book is a really marvelous pictorial, beginning with the Whiteside family in pre-Civil War (“A Southern Landmark in Old America”), continuing through the war with some remarkable photos, drawings and paintings of encampments and battles (including one of General Grant, eternal cigar in mouth, on top of the mountain following Hooker’s victory in the Battle Above the Clouds.

The following chapters celebrate the area’s beauty (including some early shots of Lula Falls), views of the mountain from the valley, the ingenious ways people figured out how to get up the mountain, including the Incline (“Scaling the Heights”), and a range of photos from all eras documenting “Life on the Mountain.”

In one striking shot from this chapter, an elderly black man sits in front of a shanty he has obviously constructed himself. Notes Hull, “For all its wealth, parts of Lookout Mountain were not prosperous. There was a small African American community on the mountain that was self-sufficient, but for many years, there were a number of people surviving on the side and back of the mountain who were living in tough circumstances.”

The final chapter, “Tourist Town”, shows off early photos of Umbrella Rock, the Dixie Highway, Ruby Falls and Rock City, including a couple of my creepy favorites, the gnomes.

In any case, whether you have a relative here who has a history hobby, or know someone elsewhere in the country who’d enjoy a little background on your new hometown, consider seeking out Lookout Mountain, which goes on sale December 7.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738566443
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
1,303,720
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Author William F. Hull is a native of Chattanooga and an alumnus of Baylor School. He has researched and written two books on his city: Historic Photos of Chattanooga and Then and Now: Chattanooga. With many years of work in the public history field in Atlanta and Chattanooga, Hull resides in North Chattanooga, where he divides his time between writing, historic research, and photography.

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